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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 947
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +443 -202 =256 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C80
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C10 C14 C01 C12
 Four Knights (39) 
    C49 C47 C48
 French (37) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D55 D53 D64 D61 D63
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 D00
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (47) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C13
 Sicilian (33) 
    B40 B34 B45 B23 B24
 Tarrasch Defense (31) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   Vienna (1898)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hastings (1895)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Semmering (1926)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   good games by sk.sen
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   The tT Players (Bonus Addition) by fredthebear
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Odds games by WhiteRook48
   Match Chigorin! by amadeus
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (match) by Akavall
   Chigorin-Tarrasch match by keypusher

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 ( ), Dresden (1892) and Leipzig (1894). He won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two players agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Despite this loss, Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.

Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published Die Modern Schachpartie and Three hundred Chess Games.

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for a guideline in Rook endings that Rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Notes: Siegbert played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck.

Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 947  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
6. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
9. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
11. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
12. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191880BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
15. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
16. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
17. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0241880Breslau000 Chess variants
20. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0271880matchC11 French
21. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
22. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0291880matchB44 Sicilian
24. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
25. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0371880BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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  TheFocus: <One of those modest little moves may be more embarrassing to your opponent than the biggest threat> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  Ron: And the greatest quote from Tarrasch:
<Chess is a form of intellectual productiveness, therein lies, its peculiar charm. Intellectual productiveness is one of the greatest joys -if not the greatest one- of human existence. It is not everyone who can write a play, or build a bridge, or even make a good joke. But in chess everyone can, everyone must, be intellectually productive and so can share in this select delight. I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity for the man who has no knowledge of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.>
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  Sally Simpson: The 'I had toothace.....etc ' quote is, I believe, from Tartakower.

Savielly Tartakower

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  Chessical: Dr Tarrasch
Herrn. Hilgers, Wendt and Wood
7th June 1908

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 Nbd7 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 c5 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. a4 b6 11. O-O-O

<"White has had enough of the dry tone and wants a more complicated game.">

11...Qc7 12. d5 Bb7 13. dxe6 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Ne5 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Nd5 Qd8 17. e7 Bxe7 18. Nf6+ Bxf6 19. Rxd8 Rfxd8 20. Rd1 Rxd1+ 21. Kxd1 Nxf3 22. Qe2 Rd8+ 23. Kc1 Nd2 24. Bxa6 Nb3+ 25. Kc2 Rd2+ 26. Qxd2 Nxd2 27. Kxd2 Bxb2; Drawn at Dr Tarrasch's proposal

<Wiener Schachzeitung, p.32, 1909>

Aug-14-15  WTHarvey: Here are 13 checkmates from the games of Siegbert Tarrasch: What's the winning move ?
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  TheFocus: It really is a shame that a decent book of his career has never been done.
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  TheFocus: Trivia: in correspondence with friends and family, Tarrasch signed himself as "Curt" or "Kurt."
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  offramp: Who would have guessed that his name would be homonymous with sexual harassment? I mean certain spellings of Taharrusch.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Seigbert Tarrasch.
Apr-16-16  optimal play: <<<<<A TARRASCH CHESSIKIN.>

Dr. Tarrasch gives Herr K. Schroeder the odds of the Queen.>

K. Schroeder

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Siegbert Tarrasch

(Score from the New York "Clipper.")>

1. P to K 4 ; P to K 4 ; 2. P to K B 4 ; P to Q 3 ; 3. P to Q 3 ; P to K B 4 ; 4. Q Kt to B 3 ; B P takes P ; 5. Q P takes P ; P to Q R 3 ; 6. B P takes P ; Q P takes P ; 7. K Kt to B 3 ; K B to Q Kt 5 ; 8. Q B to K Kt 5 ; Q to Q 3 ; 9. Q R to Q sq ; Q to K Kt 3 ;

And White mates in three.

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The mate is effected as follows:

10. R to Q 8 ch ; K to B 2 ; 11. K B to B 4 ch ; B or Q covers ; 12. Kt takes P mate.>

- The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.) Sat 9 May 1891 Page 12>

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.d3 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.dxe4 a6 6.fxe5 dxe5 7.Nf3 Bb4 8.Bg5 Qd6 9.Rd1 Qg6 10.Rd8+ 1-0

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  posoo: WASUNT TORUSH a stuffy old KUFFOO?!
Jul-24-16  pazzed paun: Will there be a Tarrasch move by move book?
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  parisattack: Eventually there will be a Yates: Move by Move.

In the meantime both Tarrasch's Games by Reinfeld and Tarrasch's own 300 Games are good reads/studies.

Nov-21-16  Fanacas: Even though Tarrasch and Lasker really disliked each other at the beginning. I thought i read somewhere that later on they mellowed does anybody know if this is true?
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  john barleycorn: <Fanacas> that is true to what I have read.
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  keypusher: < Fanacas: Even though Tarrasch and Lasker really disliked each other at the beginning. I thought i read somewhere that later on they mellowed does anybody know if this is true?>

Everyone mellows when the games don't mean anything anymore. Lasker-Tarrasch, Korchnoi-Karpov, Adams-Jefferson...but not Botvinnik and Bronstein.

Nov-22-16  Everyone: <Everyone mellows when the games don't mean anything anymore.>

Thanks to wisdom of old age, humour and self-mockery although <Everyone> can't remember to recognise the last two aspects for either Lasker or Tarrasch.

Mar-05-17  ZonszeinP: Happy birthday Maestro!
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  TheFocus: Tarrasch!!

Great player. Great teacher.

happy birthday, Player of the Day!!

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  thegoodanarchist: Today's GOTD should have been this one:

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908

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  Marmot PFL: Not sure that was true for Alekhine and Capablanca, although Alekhine wrote a gracious tribute for Capa after he died.
Mar-05-17  Gottschalk: [Event "Nuremberg"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1910.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tarrasch"]
[Black "Spielmann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D40"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2017.03.06"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. c4 e6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 a6 8. O-O b5 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. a4 c4 11. Bc2 b4 12. Ne4 Na5 13. Nxf6+ Qxf6 14. e4 b3 15. Bb1 Bb4 16. Bg5 Qg6 17. Bd2 Bxd2 18. Qxd2 Nc6 19. d5 Nd8 20. Ne5 Qh5 21. Nxc4 O-O 22. Nb6 Ra7 23. Ra3 f5 24. exf5 exd5 25. Rxb3 Qf7 26. Rd3 Bc6 27. Nxd5 Bxa4 28. Nc3 1-0

Source from a russian author PERCITZ, B. D. (2007). O Centro no xadrez (en portugues) (1|_ edicion). Sao Paulo: Hemus editora.

Mar-06-17  Gottschalk: Game above was a refutation to the line
on the game Teichmann vs Spielmann, 1909 And also shows Tarrasch fighting against his own defense, what is always a curiosity (the author and his variation).
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